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Cocktail (1988)

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A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Heywood Gould (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Brian Flanagan
Bryan Brown ... Doug Coughlin
Elisabeth Shue ... Jordan Mooney
Lisa Banes ... Bonnie
Laurence Luckinbill ... Mr. Mooney
Kelly Lynch ... Kerry Coughlin
Gina Gershon ... Coral
Ron Dean ... Uncle Pat
Robert Donley ... Eddie
Ellen Foley ... Eleanor
Andrea Doven Andrea Doven ... Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
Chris Owens ... Soldier
Louis Ferreira ... Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham John Graham ... Soldier
Richard Thorn Richard Thorn ... Soldier
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Intent on becoming a successful businessman, and even a millionaire, the ex-military man, Brian Flanagan, waits for his big break while serving drinks at a New York City tavern, and studying for his degree. However, when the charismatic cynic and veteran bartender, Doug Coughlin, becomes the ambitious Brian's sage mentor, their chemistry, combined with the flamboyant tricks behind the bar, will soon yield fame and money until they decide to split ways. Now, as Flanagan struggles to raise money in Jamaica to open his dream bar someday, he falls hard for the striving waitress, Jordan Mooney, while a wealthy fashion executive wants to take him back to Manhattan to live with her. Is there a future between Brian and Jordan? Written by Nick Riganas

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They thought he was good, they were wrong... he was the best See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The correct name for the plastic bit on the end of shoelaces is an "aglet" not a "flugelbinder". The latter term was made-up for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Doug shows up in Jamaica, Brian makes them both a blender drink. He takes the pitcher from the blender and pours the first one, the camera angle changes, and both drinks are now full. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Alternate Versions

Some TV versions have some alternate takes of some scenes with no harsh language, such as the scene when Brian and Doug have their bar fight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

When Will I Be Loved
Written by Phil Everly
Performed by The Everly Brothers
Produced by Archie Bleyer
Courtesy of Barnaby Records
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One of the lesser Tom Cruise films but still worth a watch
11 October 2018 | by floydreeseSee all my reviews

Cocktail reminds me of the days films were innocent and were made to entertain an audience weary of their real-life concerns. If nothing else it is a reminder of the type of films the late 80s churned out. Tom Cruise, at the height of his superstardom plays a bartender who is coached by Bryan Brown in the big apple and then relocates to Jamaica. This is a good one time watch (preferably with a drink) and the locations and characters are innocent enough to be enamored with. If you have nothing to do on a lazy afternoon you can slip a disc of Cocktail in your player and get lost in not too heavy handed nostalgia.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

29 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bartender See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,789,466, 31 July 1988

Gross USA:

$78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,504,781
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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